Education Databases

The databases listed below are some of the most popular resources for education students, faculty, and staff. A full list of all available Education databases is available through the A-Z List of Databases.

Scholarly Articles

The following databases contain citations and/or articles related to the field of education.


Scholarly and popular journal articles, book chapters, and reports from the field of education. Use ERIC to search abstracts of journal articles, book chapters, and reports from the field of education. Subject indexing allows you to zero in on all the articles relevant to your topic.

Education Full Text

Full text journal articles in education published after 1996. Education Full Text indexes, abstracts and supplies the full text of articles from education-related English-language periodicals and yearbooks published in the United States and elsewhere. English-language books relating to education published in 1996 or later are also indexed.

Professional Development Collection

Specialized collection of high-quality, full-text education journals.Designed for professional educators, this database provides a highly specialized collection of high-quality, full-text education journals and educational reports.

Child Development & Adolescent Studies

Child Development & Adolescent Studies provides citations to the current and historical literature related to growth and development of children through the age of 21. Book reviews, abstracts from hundreds of journals, technical reports, books, book chapters, and theses and dissertations covering biomedical and social sciences worldwide are indexed. Use this resource to search all issues of Child Development Abstracts and Bibliography.

Other Education Databases

NoveList Plus

Use NoveList Plus to search for book recommendations by age, format, genre, topic, tone, character type, awards, and more.  Includes professional reviews and read-alike recommendations for each book. For tutorials on how to get started, visit our NoveList Tutorial page

Teaching Books

Teaching Books contains resources on children's and young adult literature and authors. Includes discussion guides, author interviews, and other multimedia content. For tutorials on how to get started, visit our Teaching Books Tutorial page.

Learning Express Library

Practice tests for GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, CBEST, Praxis I, TOEFL and a number of other standardized job and career tests. LearningExpress Library is a full text test preparation and academic skills building database that includes practice tests for GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, CBEST, Praxis I, TOEFL and a number of other standardized job and career tests. Skills building components include Elements of Business Writing, Job & Career Success Skills (resume writing, interviewing tips), and math, reading, and writing skills. You will be asked to create your own free account and choose your own user name and password. This creates a space for you on the LearningExpress server so you can save tests and exercises and come back to them.


BrainPOP is an educational program that provides K-12 curriculum-based content spanning seven main subjects including: science, math, English, social studies, health, arts and music, and technology. BrainPOP features more than 600 animated movies. Each movie is supported by activities such as a quiz, comic strip, experiment and other printable worksheets and tied to national subject curriculum standards.

Children's Literature Comprehensive Database

Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD) is a research and reference service including reviews of children's books from review sources (all full text searchable), book jacket images, links to web pages featuring individual authors and illustrators, and information provided by various Reading Measurement Programs such as Accelerated Reader, Degrees of Reading Power, Lexile and Reading Counts

Locating Specific Journals

To locate specific journals/articles at the UNLV University Libraries, use the A-Z List of Journals.

  • Search for the journal name (not the article name)
  • Both print and electronic library holdings will be listed in the search results
  • A range of publication years for the specific journal will be listed next to each database.
  • Select a database with the appropriate publication date range to find specific articles.
  • If there are no results for the specific journal/article, submit an Interlibrary Loan Request

Search Tips

Narrow/focus your search

  • Place quotation marks around words to search for an exact phrase, e.g., "high school" (works in many databases and Google)
  • Use And or Not connectors between keywords or concepts
  • Add field limiters such as dates or the type of document
  • Use the controlled vocabulary (human assigned main topics --Thesaurus)
  • Try proximity searching such as first year n3 retention.
    • This finds results in which first year is found within 3 words of retention

Broaden/expand your search

  • Use Or connector between synonyms
  • Truncate a word or use a wildcard. For example, child* to search for all terms beginning with child such as child, children, childcare
  • Use free-text or keyword searching (computer mediated, no human intervention)